UN experts urge respect for protesters' rights — Iran

13 Janvier, 2018, 13:11 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
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"We want the United States to demonstrate and continue to demonstrate moral support for the people of Iran", he said. The Iranian government has been accused of funding several militia around the world to prove their military existence in the region instead of using this money to help the Iranian people.

Khatami is not the only conservative official or media outlet to refer to these rounds of protests as "sedition" by claiming that they originally started as legitimate protests over the economic situation.

Tillerson himself seemed interested in doing business with Iran back in 2016, when he was CEO of oil giant Exxon.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on January 4 downplayed the number of protesters who have participated in the marches over the past week.

Russia's envoy Vassily Nebenzia said involving the council in an "internal affair" damaged the top UN body.

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo told the United Nations Security Council that his government had proof that the protests were orchestrated from abroad. A White House official Thursday said the U.S. would look for "actionable information" and seek to impose new sanctions against those responsible for stifling the protests.

"The UNSC rebuffed the US naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

Several countries - including U.S. allies France and the United Kingdom - used Friday's Security Council meeting to defend the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. "And we know the truth", Haley said.

Four UN human rights experts on Friday urged Iran to respect protesters' rights and allow freedom of expression and assembly.

They have marched through the streets of Iran calling for greater freedom and the ability to chose for themselves how to live their lives, down to the most basic right to choose how they dress.

She called on all of her other colleagues in the Security Council to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people.

Protests against Iran's government went on for six days; at least 22 people died and hundreds were arrested.

In an interview with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland cautioned that the the U.S. must walk a "delicate line" in response to allegations of provocation.

Those protests have petered out in recent days while pro-government rallies have gained momentum.

"We obviously regret the loss of life as a result of demonstrations that weren't so peaceful", Nebenzia said. After the sanctions imposed on Iran by members of the United Nations Security Council were removed, many Iranian companies in the financial, energy, and transportation sectors were never removed from the blacklists. "Another foreign policy blunder for the (US President Donald) Trump administration", Zarif tweeted.

"People are still in the streets".

The government also briefly blocked the Instagram photo-sharing site. All of Iran's radio and television stations are state-run. The CIA declined to comment.

"The nation does not support a social network whose key is in the hand of the United States", he said. Not a call for reforms, but a rejection of the ruling order.

Later on Sunday, Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said that 70 of the detained protesters have been released on bail during the last 48 hours.

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